This fantasy team you’ve assembled is still settling into place, like the foundation of a new building. As someone who knows nothing whatsoever about construction beyond my adventures in Ikea assembly, it stands to reason that if the foundation isn’t sound, if the footprint is comprised of poorly poured concrete, the building won’t stand. Or maybe it will, I haven’t the foggiest clue. But in terms of your squad, I proudly assert that I am marginally less out of my element. Look at it this way: we all need to take these early weeks as seriously as the later ones, particularly for securing those cumulative stat categories, if we wish to compete for a championship, right? So I say, perhaps recklessly, that even entering week 3, improving your foundation should be everyone’s goal, particularly those employed in the concrete business. Check out these cornerstones I’ve poorly stuck into this analogy:

BUY:

Ryan Anderson PF, C

I could easily put Anderson in the sell column, as he has injury concerns. But because of that, his price should, theoretically, be lowered. For a stretch 4, he has registered almost a block and steal a game (5 in 6 games in both cats), to go with 15.7/6.7/1.2 with 2 treys per, and decent percentages for a guy who lives outside of the paint. Consider this: he plays almost all his minutes alongside Anthony Davis, who will keep him open on offence all game long. It’s all about if he can stay healthy, so are you a riverboat gambler, or a safety-first kind of player? Because Anderson is more about the former than the latter. He’s not a saviour, to be sure, but giving up 6-7 round talent for him? I’d be very happy with that.

Brook Lopez C

I have routinely in the past put Brook as a sell each year I’ve been writing this smelly little article, I believe. Because he’s always injured, coming off an injury, or about to be injured. But when he’s on the court, he’s an offensive force. He got injured recently, stepping on an opponent’s foot, but it’s not supposed to miss many, if any games. As I write this, he’s a game-time decision, and that may spook Lopez’s current owner, and allow you to buy low. He has put up 20.4/7.7/1.4/0/1.8 thus far, with good percentages, but you better have an IR position in your league, because injury is not a question of if, but when. His stats put him at a top 30 range, but you shouldn’t pay any more than a 55-60+ player for this brittle old battle-axe.

Karl-Anthony Towns C

He has been a wonderful, if not expected, revelation for the Timberwolves, playing just about 30 minutes which is fantastic for a rook, first overall notwithstanding. Towns has averaged 15.2/9.6/1.2/.2/3 over his first 5. This is not a buy low recommendation by any stretch, but if you’re going to pry him away from his owner, now will be the time, as I predict it will only get better for this future blue-chip cat, and he has additional value if you’re in a keeper league. For what it’s worth, he has stumbled in 2 of his 5 games in stats other than blocks, so there’s a thin chance you can parlay that into a lower price. Look at it this way: as good as the Brow was in his rookie campaign, if you traded for him in his rookie campaign, whatever you paid, it was worth it. The price for Towns isn’t going down from here, is what I’m saying.

Monta Ellis PG, SG

There are times where I lament having only one day a week to offer my brain droppings to the Razzball faithful. You, gentle reader, may have missed the true buy low point for our scooter riding hero. He was shooting an abysmal 30-ish percent for the year, below his actual watershed level, and while not a true point, he wouldn’t have hovered at 3 dimes per. He’s had better performances lately, but I still believe he’s a good buy low candidate. Do with that what you will.

J.J. Hickson PF, C

This is just a waiver pick up if you need big stats. Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne, besides both possessing names that are difficult to spell, are both hurt, and JJ put up 19/13/1/0/3 in his last game in 30 minutes, shooting .633, and he’s currently 3% owned. Ride him while he’s hot. Er, warm. Warmish? Warmish.

SELL:

Jared Sullinger PF, C

Things have picked up for Sully in the last couple games, after a ho hum start. In his last 3 games, he has gone13.3/9/2.3/1.3/1.3, shooting 2 treys per game. The inconsistency is my concern, and so I say kick some tires using this hot(ish) streak as the trade bait.

Deron Williams PG

DWill has been playing well in the last 3 games, posting later middle round value with a 15.7/3.8/3.8/1/0 with 1.3 threes and very low turnover rate of 1.3 per game, playing 31 minutes a game. Which is astounding, because he’s all kinds of banged up. Both calves and his knee is are wonky, and while he’s playing through it right now, he’s a high risk for being shelved. I realize that this isn’t exactly selling from a strong spot, but he isn’t going to get higher, and will very possibly drop lower than his current value.

C.J. McCollum PG, SG

I bet if you drafted CJ, you are ecstatic with his performance of late. I wouldn’t have predicted this output from someone with a preseason ADP of 82 (JB wasn’t buying it, had him ranked at 117). He’s posting 21.6/4.3/3.3/.9/.2 with 2.6 3pts per, with a very guard-sexy 47% shooting for the season thus far. There is no indication that this will slow down, so hold him if he makes you happy, be the little spoon. But if you want to turn a late round acquisition into a early mid-round talent, you wouldn’t be selling any higher than this, I think.

That’s all for now, kids. May all your shots be nothing but net!

 

  1. Erik Capoccetta says:
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    I’m in desperate need of a big man since my two Cs Turner and Dieng didn’t have a great start (to say the best).
    I’ve McCollum in my roster but I’very also Rubio, Dipo and Clarkson as other Gs, plus Wiggins and Covington who can play the G position too.
    Do you think I can get a valuable (and young preferably) C by trading CJ ?
    Moreover in the last days I’ve been evaluating also the idea of trading Draymond Green. Do you think it’ll be a good idea? Who I could get in return for him?
    In the end which option will you choose among the 2?

    Thanks for your help, looking forward to your advice

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Erik Capoccetta: I’d definitely try to move McCollum for a big before trying to trade Draymond. McCollum for Lopez, Anderson, or maybe Valanciunas all seem perhaps possible.

      I would not trade Dray if only because I don’t think you can get full value for him. It seems to me like he’s is playing almost totally under the radar. I think he’s posting top 20ish fantasy numbers and nobody seems to notice or care. If you can get first or second round value for Dray then by all means, go for it, but I think he’s only going to get better as more shots start falling (assuming he is closer to the 44% shooter that he was, last year, than the 40% shooter that he has been so far, this year).

      • Dan A

        Dan A. says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Agree with everything you say. A stud big, Like Dre Drummond might make me think, though…

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @Dan A.: Anyone who is averaging anything close to 20/20 with 2 steals and 2 blocks is going to make me think about trading just about anyone on my roster (but dayum that FT% is turrible).

          • Dan A

            Dan A. says:
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            @Principal Blackman: agreed. But I can punt that production from him if my other guys are sharp. He can single handedly win 3, 4 cats for you on his own.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Erik Capoccetta: You should deb able to get a decent return for McCallum. Valanciunas is a good get. Maybe you can put two of those guards together and go for an injured Vucevic. BroLo in a pinch, also.

      Dray is Blue Chip. I would only move him for a stud C, Like Drummond, maaaaaabe Whiteside, but that’s because I love that big hunk of man, so I’m biased.

      • Erik Capoccetta says:
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        @Dan A.:
        @Dan A.:
        Many many thanks for the interest and the advice guys!
        I completely agree with you, and I love Dray, so I’ll try to move him only 4 a big shot.

        Do you think I could get, and obviously is it worth, KAT by moving McCollum? Or which other big under ’90s I could get?

        In the case I’ll try to move Dray, will Gobert be a valuable asset in return?

        Thanks again

        • Erik Capoccetta says:
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          @Erik Capoccetta:
          Forgot to say I love to have a young team (main rule: no players over 25). Last year I won my dynasty league with the youngest team around and I’m trying to do the same this year.

          Btw here is my team:
          G: Ricky Rubio, PG, 16Mx1Y
          G: Victor Oladipo, SG, 16Mx3Y
          G: Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, 8Mx2Y
          G: CJ McCollum, PG/SG, 3Mx1Y (got him for really low XD)
          F: Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, 36Mx3Y
          F: Draymond Green, PF (C,maybe??), 9Mx1Y
          F: Jabari Parker, SF/PF, 10Mx1Y
          F: Robert Covington, SG/SF, 7Mx2Y
          C: Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, 9Mx2Y
          C: Myles Turner, PF/C, 4Mx1Y
          U: Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, 5Mx2Y
          U: Harrison Barnes, F, 3Mx1Y
          BUDGET REMAINING 14M/140M

          Would love to hear your suggestions on how i could improve 😉

          • Dan A

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            @Erik Capoccetta: Don’t tinker too much, your team is dope. I agree that you can spare McCollum, and I would say Dieng as well, but also see how it shakes out…

        • Dan A

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          @Erik Capoccetta: I looove Gorbert, but I think that in Dray’s case, you’d be losing that trade, if only slightly. Yes, you may get more blocks and more boards. But Dray gets treys, way more dimes, and competes in boards and blocks, and gets more steals. I wouldn’t get only Gorbert, IMO

          • Erik Capoccetta says:
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            @Dan A.:
            Thanks man, glad to hear you like my team 😉
            The only thing I forgot to mention is that I play in a format which allows just 96 minutes for players eligible as Guards (G/GF) | 96 minutes for players eligible as Forwards (F/FG/FC) | 48 minutes for players eligible as Centers (C/CF).
            Therefore I can play only some of all my players.
            Do you think this might change something in your opinion? Or should I stick with the current roster and hope Dieng and Turner turn things around soon?
            Thanks for your patience 🙂

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    Would you drop Lauvergne for Hickson in a 13-team roto league with slightly deeper rosters (5 bench spots in stead of 3)?

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Hmm. I guess no IR. It’s a risk, but he has a back issue that dates back to preseason. That’s a big concern. Hickson has limited upside, but at least he’s getting minutes. I think I would wait for today, as Joff is a GTD. If he plays, even a bit, you can give up a few games to see it play out. If he’s not playing, revisit on the weekend, IMO. Good luck!

  3. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up Dan?

    Drop any of Turner, Wroten or Capela for Hickson or Henson? 20-teamer 9 cat.

    thanks

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I like Henson a lot, I’d think about dropping Turner for him. Henson will be eased back in, as evidenced in his 20+ minutes in game one back, and only 9 on the following back to back. but blocks and steals, with a few boards and points, whats not to love?

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Dan A.: thanks man. what do you think of wroten ROS? ceilng/floor?

        I’ve got CP3, Hill, Jack, Bazemore, and Fournier as my guards so I’m thinking I might be able to drop Tony for more of a sure-thing now. I feel liek early moves make a huge difference in 20 teamers

        • Dan A

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: He and Evan are basically a toss up. Wroten has been know to go off last year, and but more of a rollercoaster. Personal choice, but I don’t mind the last guy on my bench being “meh” for 2/3’s of his games in order to give me straight dope, but I see your point. I just don’t know if there is a “sure thing” left in a 20 teamer. Maybe, if you can, send me a list of available cats on the waiver?

  4. James says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS (9cat H2H)??
    Clarkson OR Payton

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @James: Clarkson? but only by a hair.

  5. Principal Blackman says:
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    I know you listed Ryan Anderson as a buy, but I just sold him to a disgruntled Marcin Gortat owner in a 1:1 deal. I don’t think it’ll hurt me too much in 3’s since I’m still getting solid 3pt production from my guards. What I was really going for was the modest boost in FG%, since I also have Elfrid and Mudiay on my roster. Would love some thoughts about my roster moving forward. It’s a 13-team, roto league, standard 8-cat, plus FGM and plus 3pt%, so 10-cat no TOVs.

    PG – CP3
    SG – Goran Dragic
    G – Elfrid
    SF – Wiggins
    PF – Draymond
    F – Kristaps
    C – Millsap
    C – Gortat
    Util – Aaron Gordon
    Util – Mudiay
    BN – Meyers Leonard
    BN – Bazemore
    BN – Koufos
    BN – Tristan Thompson
    BN – Joffrey Lauvergne

    • Dan A

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      @Principal Blackman: You have a pretty balanced squad. Myers and Joff are the only question marks, but I don’t know what you can get that would be all that much better with those just pieces as trade chips, and everyone has non top 50 guys on the pine, to be fair. Maybe think about putting Mudiay or Peyton in a deal for a higher percentage dude? good luck, and let me know how it goes.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Dan A.: What are your thoughts on maybe trying to make a deal for Wes Matthews (he can’t shoot 40% all year right)?

        Is Mudi enough to get that deal done? I’m skeptical.
        Elfrid would be an overpay there, though, wouldn’t he?
        I think I can take the hit in ast since Dray is dishing out 7/per, and I have to believe that Goran is going to avg. more than 4/per going forward, at least I hope he get’s to the 5-6 range soon. I’m just bouncing ideas around. The Matthews owner doesn’t have anyone dishing out over 4/per except for Lillard. Thanks for taking the time.

        • Dan A

          Dan A. says:
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          @Principal Blackman: sorry for the late response, I lost this in amongst my other emails somehow. I’d sooner offer Goran than Elfrid if he won’t take mudiay.

  6. mehdan says:
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    Should I trade Gordon Hayward for Karl Anthony Towns? im deep in the SG-SF position with andrew wiggins and trevor ariza as well.

    • Dan A

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      @mehdan: That is, IMO, a homerun for you. There is a case to be made that Haywood is under performing, so you’re selling low, theoretically, and that is a fair statement. But A) even if he had a better stat line, I’d take that deal, and B) you won’t get a Towns for a scrub. If you’re in a keeper, it’s not just a homer, it’s a grand slam. I really believe in the good balance of defensive stats and offensive upside in Towns, but that’s just, like, my opinion, man. Good luck!.

  7. jordan wolfhope says:
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    I Give: lillard and hortford
    I get: Brow and Danny Green

    its a 8 team league with expanded rosters to make it like a 10 team league with total players. I can post my roster but im dominate in 3s right now. but avg in assists and low in rebounds. please help on the trade and let me know if you want to see my roster. Thanks!!

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @jordan wolfhope: I don’t need to see your roster to say do that deal, but always feel free to send it along, I’ll give you the 5 cent appraisal. Brow is arguably the best fantasy player in the league. Yes, you are paying a lot, and Green is a throw in, considering the other player’s caliber, but he’s not a scrub, just the other 3 are all top 20, and he’s underperforming. Almost always, the dude who gets the best player wins, and AD is the best there is. Presumably the other guy’s squad is thin, and wants to get depth by parlaying his monster trade chip. I would most definitely do that deal. Good luck!

  8. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, I have Marc Gasol and he is doing poorly. I am thinking to trade him for Karl-Anthony Towns. What do you think? Thanks for the help.

    • Dan A

      Dan A. says:
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      @Wen: I would, but it’s a fair deal, as Marc gets more in dimes, but KAT can produce better in blocks and and boards. You may have to sweeten the pot, but Gasol has name recognition. There is always the threat of the dreaded rookie wall catching up to KAT, but if you’re in a keeper, he has added value.

  9. neogonzo mourning says:
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    I almost offered my McCollum for Andrew Wiggins. you think I should pull that trigger?

    • Dan A

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      @neogonzo mourning: I would do that for the potential alone. Wiggins has been very good, but has so much potential to be even better than his current stats suggest. McCollum is at the top of his ability right now, IMO, this is as good as it will get. A great sell high form your standpoint.

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